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CAS students conduct community service at Galalan Elementary School

The HUM107 (World Literatures: The Masterpieces)-A64 class under Prof. Jeremie M. Maleon with kindergarten students from Galalan Elementary School in Pangil, Laguna.

The HUM107 (World Literatures: The Masterpieces)-A64 class of Professor Jeremie M. Maleon, together with the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSCE), initiated and conducted a service-learning activity entitled “I Read: I Lead!” last November 23, 2016 at Galalan Elementary School in Pangil, Laguna.

Students watching a film as part of the I Read: I Lead! activities.

I Read: I Lead! comprised of activities which included a film viewing, storytelling through a skit, a coloring contest, and a quiz bee for the kindergarten students of Galalan Elementary School. At the end of the program, the class handed out children’s books for the students to read and enjoy at home.

When asked how they came up with this kind of project, Prof. Maleon shared that this is her first time to handle the course in MCL.

“’Nung binigay sya sa akin, I was super excited, so I reviewed the syllabus and discovered that a few learning objectives require students to apply learnings in class and to come up with creative adaptations. I immediately thought of the idea,” she said.

She was also very happy after learning about the class, which was composed of B.A. Communication-Multimedia Arts (MMA) and B.A. Broadcasting (BAB) students, that she would handle. “I know them as active and creative; that was why I was really determined to assign that as their final requirement.”

The class handed out children’s books to the Galalan Elementary School students at the end of their program.

“I wanted them to exercise their creativity, their God-given talents, to benefit others. I wanted at least one classic masterpiece acknowledged through this creative outreach activity,” Prof. Maleon added.

She and her class chose to introduce the classic “A Thousand and One Nights (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves)” of the Middle East. Marien Ballesteros, a BAB student, led the group, and there were committees in charge of the different program segments.

“It’s our own special way of appreciating and recognizing the works of the masters of Literature. The acknowledgment was extended somewhere else through the activity. It was like the class benefited from the lessons imparted by the great works of Literature and we just paid forward by means of reaching out to those kids.”

Moreover, Prof. Maleon expressed that she is looking forward to more activities like this, because she believes that learning should not just confined within the four walls of the classroom; it has to be shared.

Mr. Rafael Louise Gregorio, Program Coordinator of CSCE-NSTP (National Service Training Program), believes that “the partnership between the class and CSCE for this activity has created an opportunity to discover new ideas for learning strategies.” He further added that such collaborations for other service-learning and community engagements enhance the rapport between the students and the MCL staff which is helpful for the advocacies that MCL is pursuing.

More photos from the event are up on the official MCL Facebook page.

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